Now, there is a ray of hope for mesothelioma patients, to survive for around two more years. The discovery says if administered with high radiotherapy doses on the affected side, the chances of survival would increase. ESTRO 38 conference presented the report.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and rare type of cancer, caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers for a long time. It grows and affects the lining of heart, lungs, and abdomen. With limited availability of treatment and diagnosis options, mesothelioma patients usually live only for around a year.
The research comprised the patients whose cancer still there even after the surgery. The study claims to have the possibility to alter the treatment and the results for these set of patients. However, it says, effective doses of radiology could double the survival of the patients.
Surgery Cannot Remove Entire Tumor
Dr. Marco Trovo, chief of the Radiation Oncology Department at University Hospital of Udine, Italy led the study. Trovo stated, “Treatment of mesothelioma needs to be a priority and treated with immediate effects. Even though patients can go for the surgery but it is humanly impossible to eliminate the entire tumor.
In past few years, field of radiotherapy has evolved significantly. The researchers wanted to find if it could be used in stopping the tumor from spreading in nearby tissues. Further, the research included 108 people suffering from pleural mesothelioma, treated at National Cancer Institute of Aviano, Italy. During the study tenure from 2014 to 2018, patients were advised surgery to reduce some tumor tissues trailed by chemotherapy.
Dr. Trovo marks the clear benefits of using radiotherapy in increasing the survival rate of mesothelioma patients.